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Volume 40 Issue 20

City planners table vote on Pitt master plan >

June 12th, 2008

Pitt’s plans for building athletics fields near Trees Hall — part of its $1 billion 12-year master facilities plan — have been delayed, pending further review by Pittsburgh’s City Planning Commission of the updated plan. Last week the commission tabled a vote until its June 17 meeting on Pitt’s revised master plan. That plan includes […]

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Obituary: Jacob N. Burbea >

June 12th, 2008

Pitt mathematics professor Jacob N. Burbea died June 3, 2008, at UPMC Shadyside of complications from lung disease. He was 66. Burbea’s area of expertise was in mathematical analysis. Colleague Frank Beatrous said geometric function theory, several complex variables, vortex dynamics, information theory and operator theory were among the areas in which Burbea’s work had […]

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UPJ's Horner wins affirmative action award >

June 12th, 2008

Theresa Horner, director of the Office of Disability Services at Pitt-Johnstown, has won the 2008 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award. The award, which carries a $2,500 prize, is given annually to an outstanding University program area that, or an individual who, has made a significant contribution to Affirmative Action. Since joining Disability Services six years ago, […]

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Pitt/UPMC conflict-of-interest policy earns an A >

June 12th, 2008

Pitt and UPMC are among the top institutions nationally for best conflict-of-interest policies, according to a report issued last week by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Pitt/UPMC was one of only eight institutions out of 150 surveyed to receive an A grade, according to the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard released June 3 (www.amsascorecard.org). AMSA, a […]

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$12 million gift, UPJ's largest, funds commuter scholarships >

June 12th, 2008

Pitt-Johnstown has received a donation of $12 million, the largest gift in the school’s 81-year history. Established by an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous, the estate gift continues a commuter scholarship that was established at Pitt-Johnstown in 2000. The scholarship fund supports UPJ commuter students with a full academic scholarship: tuition, fees and books […]

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Senate committee looks at Oakland quality of life >

June 12th, 2008

The University Senate community relations committee (CRC) is tackling quality-of-life issues in Oakland with the goal of educating the Pitt community. CRC co-chair Wes Rohrer and member Tracy Soska reported to the June 3 Faculty Assembly on their committee’s recent discussions about concerns raised by an Oakland activist. Rohrer termed the report a preface to […]

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Pitt employees check out of the grocery line to shop at work >

June 12th, 2008

Grocery shopping may not be the most exciting chore, but a person’s got to eat. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average grocery shopping trip takes 45 minutes for women, 37 minutes for men. Some Pitt employees are finding ways to get their shopping done in less time and with less gasoline. […]

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Oakland farmers' market begins next week >

June 12th, 2008

The Oakland Farmers’ Market returns June 20 with more than a dozen vendors featuring homegrown and homemade local products such as fresh produce, cut flowers, free-range eggs, artisan cheeses, baked goods, salsa, homemade pierogies and various grass- and forage-fed meats including beef, poultry, goat and lamb. The market will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m. each Friday […]

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Globetrotting librarian shares skills in Vietnam >

June 12th, 2008

Robin Kear’s first trip abroad was all that was necessary to spark her innate wanderlust. As a Chatham College freshman, she spent six months studying in France’s Loire Valley and followed that with a shorter study trip to Morocco in her junior year. Little did she know that her love for travel would mesh with […]

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New spur to Underground Railroad bike route mapped >

June 12th, 2008

A new Pittsburgh-Erie spur has added 152 miles to the 2,058-mile Underground Railroad bicycle route completed last year by the Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association in conjunction with Pitt’s Center for Minority Health (CMH). The bicycle route highlights sites of historic significance and is designed to encourage active lifestyles as a culturally relevant way to promote […]

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